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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Airborne 07.21.14: Koontz Wins Barber Award, ESA's Spaceplane, Model Flyers Fight FAA

Also: Boeing's 787-9 Demo, Hartzell's TBM Wonder-Prop, More Santa Monica Maneuvering, Garmin Global Pilot, Even More TSA Stupidity

Greg Koontz has been named the recipient of this year’s Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, according to World Airshow News, and will be presented with the award in front of his peers at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 29, at Theater in the Woods. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) spaceplane will showcase re-entry technologies after its unconventional launch from Kourou in French Guiana on a Vega rocket this November. Instead of heading north into a polar orbit, as on previous flights, Vega will head eastwards and release the spaceplane into a suborbital path reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The great majority of model aircraft flyers belong to an organization known as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). This organization has supported responsible RC flyers for years in operating their aircraft sensibly. However,

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Alaska Air Group Places Order For Q400 NextGen Aircraft

Also Confirms Five-Year Heavy Maintenance Agreement

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that Seattle-based Horizon Air Industries has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner. The airline retains its options on another seven Q400 NextGen aircraft as announced previously. Additionally, Bombardier and Horizon Air confirmed they have signed a five-year heavy maintenance agreement.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Petra Airlines Of Jordan Signs LOI For Up To Four CSeries Airliners

If Firmed, Order Would Include Two CS100s, Two Options For CS 300s

Petra Airlines Ltd. of Amman, Jordan has signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) to acquire up to four CS100 and CS300 airliners. Should the LOI be converted to a firm purchase agreement, the transaction would include two firm-ordered CS100 aircraft and two options for CS300 aircraft.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

AW139 Global Fleet Passes 1 Million Flight Hours Milestone

Mark Reached After Just 10 Years In In Service

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the AW139 global fleet has now flown more than 1 million flight hours, achieving this impressive milestone in just ten years of operations. This milestone has been achieved with aircraft flying in the some of the most demanding environmental conditions around the world while performing a wide range of missions with commercial, government and military operators.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

VivaAerobus Selects Rockwell Collins Advanced Avionics

Will Be Installed On 52 New Airbus Aircraft

Rockwell Collins today announced that Mexico-based VivaAerobus has selected a comprehensive Rockwell Collins avionics package, including its MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar and GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), for 52 new Airbus A320 aircraft. Deliveries will begin in 2015.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

F-35 Horizontal Tails Pass Structural Test

Testing Begun In 2008 Now Completed

Structural testing of the F-35 horizontal tails for all three variants is now complete, proving the tails are structurally sound for up 24,000 hours of flying, the equivalent to three lifetimes of the aircraft.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

AgustaWestland Successfully Completes Unmanned/Optionally Piloted Helo Demo

Italian Ministry Of Defense Evaluating Rotorcraft Systems

A demonstration of AgustaWestland's Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defense has been completed by the company. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

National Helicopter Services Reaches 500 Flight Hours With S-76D

Milestone Comes After Only 5 Months Of Service

Sikorsky announced Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show that National Helicopter Services Ltd. (NHSL) recently reached 500 flight hours in its S-76D helicopter.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

FAA Approves Experimental Airspace For SDG&E To Test UAS

Will Allow Flight Testing, Flight Crew Training For Utility Inspections

The FAA recently granted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a Special Airworthiness Certificate for a small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), allowing the utility to research, test and train flight crews on the UAS in a sparsely populated airspace in Eastern San Diego County. SDG&E is the first utility in the nation to be granted FAA approval for this technology.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Aurora Flight Sciences To Supply Composite Structures For Relentless

Fairings For Main Engine Cowling Section To Be Built In WV

Aurora Flight Sciences announced from the Farnborough Air Show that they have been selected by Bell Helicopter to manufacture composite airframe structures as part of the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter program.

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